Ball Clock Design by George Nelson for Vitra
Vitra’s Ball Clock from 1949 is a fun and iconic piece of art that will catch the eye in any room. The high-quality quartz movements and carefully designed details make the clock a reliable timepiece as well as a stunning decorative item.
Between the years 1948–1960, George Nelson’s office designed over 150 clocks for the American clock manufacturer Howard Miller. The collection consists of wall clocks and table clocks characterized by imaginative shapes, modern spirit and the absence of numbers. Nelson’s mission was to add more modern design to ordinary American homes, and he succeeded in a brilliant way – today the clocks are cherished as international design classics and masterpieces of mid-century American design.SHOP NOW SHOP NOW SHOP NOW SHOP NOW SHOP NOW SHOP NOW SHOP NOW SHOP NOW
American Architect and Designer George Nelson
George Nelson (1908–1986) was an American architect and designer who is considered as one of the greatest American designers of the mid-twentieth century. Nelson studied at Yale University and in Rome, where he became familiar with European architecture and design. After returning to the United States, Nelson started working at Herman Miller, where he quickly took the position of Design Director.
During his long career, Nelson designed numerous well-known pieces of furniture, lighting and interiors. Besides a designer, he was also a popular lecturer, photographer and essay writer. Nelson worked for Herman Miller until 1972, and together with designers such as Charles and Ray Eames, Isamu Noguchi and Alexander Girard, he created the foundation for Vitra‘s iconic collections.
Some of his most famous designs include the minimalistic Nelson Bench from 1946, the playful Marshmellow Sofa from 1956 and the Ball Clock, Sunflower Clock and Eye Clock from the Wall Clocks collection from 1948–1960.SHOP NOW